Wednesday, 20 April 2016

One Year on

It is now a year since starting this blog. Thanks to all who are enjoying the blog enough to keep coming back. I hope that you are all learning as much about moths as I have been over the last year.

Researching the family Crambidae

The family Crambidae was originally included in the family Pyralidae but was separated out because of structural differences. There are still sites and books that lump them all together. There are also a variety of ways that the sub families and tribes within Crambidae are divided, which can make it difficult to find and cross reference an identification.

 Agrotera amathealis SPILOMELINI SPILOMELINAE CRAMBIDAE





Family:- CRAMBIDAE
Sub Family:- SPILOMELINAE
Genus:- Agrotera
Species:- amathealis









The larvae are said to feed on Eucalyptus tereticornis.
They are a leaf tying caterpillar and can cause defoliation in Eucayptus plantations in Queensland.

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Cnaphalocrocis bilinealis SPILOMELINAE CRAMBIDAE





 Family:- CRAMBIDAE
Sub Family:- SPILOMELINAE
Genus:-  Cnaphalocrocis
Species:- bilinealis







This one is in poor condition. We rarely see them. Presumably the larvae also feed on other plants.
The larvae feed on and are a pest on Oryza sativa (Asian rice).

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Aphytoceros lucusalis SPILOMELINAE CRAMBIDAE






 Family:- CRAMBIDAE
Sub Family:- SPILOMELINAE
Genus:- Aphytoceros
Species:- lucusalis




Aphytoceros lucusalis are a shoot-boring caterpillar on figs.

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